Tagged: Quackery

Are Google and Facebook Responsible for the Medical Quackery They Host? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 30, 2018

Michael Schulson Social media algorithms help charlatans spread autism cures, vaccine disinformation, and AIDS denialism through online videos. Who’s really to blame? Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury is an Indian engineer with, he says, an honorary Ph.D. in diabetes science from Alliance International University, a school in Zambia that bears many of the hallmarks of an online scam. He … Read More

History & ‘right to try’ - BioBlog

Alison Campbell May 30, 2018

Over the last few years, OracA has written quite a bit about the so-called ‘right to try’ legislation that has been enacted in many US states – and, as this post of his describes, will now most likely become a thing at the federal level. (I say “most likely”, given President Trump’s history of wanting to significantly reduce … Read More

Goldacre live: Bad Science meets Bad Pharma - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 03, 2016

Many Sciblogs readers will know the work of Dr Ben Goldacre, the doctor, academic, Guardian columnist and author of the best seller Bad Science. Goldacre touches down briefly in Auckland in September for one event at the Mercury Theatre, which if his previous public appearances are anything to go by, will be a funny, enlightening and ironic affair. Read More

Crazy science letter of the week part 13 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 02, 2010

Gallileo is invoked in this attack on the Skeptics Society with Scott Sharpe suggesting it is conventional medicine not alternative medicine that needs quackbusting… Source: Sunday Star Times Aug 22 And sometimes Sciblogs contributor Dr Michael Edmonds’ response in last weekend’s Sunday Star Times… source: Sunday Star Times Aug 29 … Read More

Broadcasting Substandards - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 23, 2009

I have just read on Dr Shaun Holt’s site that the Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against TVNZ about Shaun’s appearance on the Breakfast Show, discussing Chiropractors. To say the least, I am appalled. It is completely unconscionable that two lawyers and two journalists have called into question his medical expertise, without even [...] … Read More

Is the mainstream media joining the fight against health fraud? - NZ Science Talk

Kevin Dec 03, 2007

There is an interesting set of articles in the Seattle Times entitled “21st-century snake-oil” [Times, page one, Nov. 18-21] in response to this tragedy. A five month old baby received twice a day “Bio-Energy” – powerful electromagnetic waves supposedly delivered to the tumour in his neck. The treatments failed and the baby died in what [...] … Read More